I read an article recently that said, “For years, Democrats accused Christian conservatives of being closet theocrats, seeking to impose Christianity on the country and refusing to accept, let alone embrace, American diversity.”
The article goes on to claim this now seems to be true because, “The evangelical defense of President Trump has taken on a religious fervor immune to reason.” That claim is not entirely baseless. If you listen to some pastors turned political pundits you might think this past election was a coronation. It wasn’t.
I cannot speak for others, but I am not a theocrat in or out of the closet. By that I mean, I do not care to see our nation governed by any particular religious group, but I do think government should be founded on the biblical principles of justice, honesty, and peace. That would be a refreshing change we could all enjoy.
We are told in the Scriptures, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes,” Proverbs 21:1. My take on this verse and others like it is God is in sovereign control of human history so that He takes the actions of men, acting as free agents, and weaves them into the tapestry of His divine will so that human history flows inexorably to the culmination of His perfect will.
I further believe Trump’s election to President of the United States was a miracle in the metaphorical sense, not the biblical sense, and because of his position of authority I pray for him as Paul commanded, 1 Timothy 2:12, just as I did for President Obama.
I believe he is President to fulfill God’s will, but I believed that also about former President Obama, and though I think Trump’s winning the election was ordained in a sense by God, I do not think that makes him immune to criticism when he says or does something stupid, nor should he be allowed to break the law with impunity.
So if he has done something criminal then impeach him, but if he hasn’t then give that fake news a rest. Until then someone should take his cell phone away and close his twitter account. I do not really think he is the friend to the evangelical community many think he is, because I am not sure he fully knows what an evangelical is.
I agree with what Billy Graham said a number of years ago, “The central issues of our time are not economic or political or social, important as these are. The central issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature.” I’ll add to that the problems in our time are not about who is President; it is about who is our God. Because He is the One who made us great at one time, and only He can make us great again.